Summer is just a few days away which means days spent lounging by the pool, outdoor adventures and vacays to the beach! You’ve spent all Spring transitioning from flannels, sweaters and cold weather to tank tops, shorts, and warmer days filled with heat and humidity. But your wardrobe isn’t the only thing you should be switching up . . . Your Summer skincare routine needs to freshening up as well! No, it is not necessary to change every single item. A few adjustments and you’ll be showing off glowing, flawless skin all season long.
Sure, Summer is practically made for kicking back and relaxing. But it’s definitely not a time to slack off on your skincare routine. And as much as I love a sun-kissed glow, I also care about the health of my skin and the products that I use. Clean and clear skin is the first step toward having an overall healthy looking glow that so many of us crave. And while makeup can definitely help, without a good canvas to start on, makeup can only do so much.
Taking care of your skin can be quite the challenge: What do all those products do? How often should you use them? How do you pick what is best for you? Here’s my breakdown of some key products you totally need this Summer + how to use them correctly so you can keep your skin fresh, protected and glowing all Summer long! From weightless sunscreens to hydrating mists, scroll through for all the ways to freshen up your Summer skincare routine.
With the longer days and fresh flowers entering our world, you may be thinking about ways you can give a little back to the earth that gives us so much. You could add some Spring vibes to your wardrobe in honor of all the beautiful blooms or bring some Mother Nature inside your home. But if you really want to make changes and go green, you’re going to have to take it a step further. Follow these six tips for some eco-friendly products to use in your daily routine, and you’ll be on the road to a greener lifestyle in no time!
Organic, Vegan, Gluten-free . . . You might feel virtuous buying products bearing these buzzwords, but what do they even mean? When it comes to skincare and beauty, it’s estimated that the average female puts 515 synthetic chemicals on her body every day! Yikes! Synthetic skincare products can entice us with promises of radical results, but at an unknown cost to our health.
Now, plant-based products don’t just compete with the rest of the market — they’re coveted and often even more effective, thanks to superfood ingredients that do wonders for our complexions, as well as fewer chemicals, which can be drying and cause wear on skin.
The Environmental Working Group confirms that we absorb much of what we put on our largest organ, our skin! Being smart with your skin means to know that the products you are using are both safe and deliver the best results.
But now that going green is hotter than ever, it’s important to be wary of products that appear to be good for you and the planet, but actually aren’t.
For example, did you know that the term ‘natural’ is completely unregulated by the FDA? Any company can stamp the word on a label, even if the product in question is chock-full of synthetic chemicals. Not to mention that ingredients like petroleum, while potentially harmful, are technically natural.
Feeling overwhelmed? Not to worry! With a little but of know-how, it’s not at all difficult to discern the difference between a truly natural product from one that just claims to be.
Keep scrolling to find out what terms like “organic” and “gluten-free” really mean—as well as the 100% natural beauty products we recommend.